Originally Posted by Kristin
So, I will be okay if I ran programs such as Adobe Photoshop or Paintshop Pro on a 80MB Hard Drive that requiers 500 MB of free hard drive space on the Hard Drive if I had a good prossessor?
Thanks for all of you suggestions!
The key is that it's *not* an 80MB hard drive (eighty million bytes), it's an 80GB hard drive (80 billion bytes); with that much space, or even half that much, a program that requires 500 million bytes won't care.
Hard drives are huge. The smallest that you could buy today is probably 40GB; that's enough to store 40,000 full-screen pictures.
The Averatec machine seems to be a good buy. Even if it is a 4200 RPM hard drive, that shouldn't bother you much. I play computer games all the time, use my computer for physics number crunching, etc., and my drive is a 4200 RPM. The only time you'll really notice this is when 1) loading programs (Paint Shop may take 30 seconds to load instead of 20), and 2) switching from a memory-intensive program you've been using for a while to a new program you haven't used in a while. For instance, if you edit pictures for fifteen minutes, and then want to go read your email, it may take five seconds (as opposed to three) for your mail program to appear.
The reason for this is that typically all the programs you are running won't fit into memory at once. So, what you're doing in the ones you haven't used for a while (for instance, the webpages that you have loaded) are saved to disk to make room for new ones. For instance, if you're editing a large picture, that picture may occupy a big chunk of your RAM, forcing the computer to shove the web browser you haven't used for ten minutes onto the hard drive to make room in RAM. Then, when you want to get at your web browser again, it has to load it from disk -- which will take a bit longer (a few more seconds) on a 4200 RPM hard drive.
If this bothers you, you can buy more RAM at the same time you buy the laptop, and the guys at Circuit City should install it for you. Ask them which stick of RAM you need; different computers need different speeds of memory, and if you buy a faster speed than the Averatec needs, you'll be spending extra cash for nothing. (It's not hard to install yourself if they won't do it, but check with them and make sure this won't void your warranty). The Averatec won't be able to run 3-D games well, but otherwise it seems like a solid, lightweight machine at a low price.
Edit: Stay away from monthly-payment things. Interest rates are a killer.